There are big changes in 2021 for the Bicycle/Vehicle Inspections at the starting location – there are none! It will be the responsibility of the crew chief to make sure all support vehicles, media crew vehicles, and bikes have the proper set-up. Both the Vehicle Inspection and Bike Inspection forms can be found in the Clearance to Race Forms, and are provided below. It is highly recommended that crews use these form to self-inspect prior to the start of the race to ensure everything is correct.
RAAM Officials will be vigilantly looking for vehicle set-up infractions on the road from the first mile. In addition, there will be a zero-tolerance policy regarding the enforcement of the following infractions; PENALTIES WILL BE ISSUED WITHOUT WARNING FOR THESE INFRACTIONS. Enforcing these rules helps to ensure the safety of racers and crews, and also helps to ensure the integrity of the race with the communities we travel through.
1. Five-Foot Rule: all support vehicles must park at least five-feet to the right of the fog line or the edge of the pavement when stopped to provide racer support. If there is no spot to park that allows parking five feet to the right of the fog line or pavement edge, KEEP GOING UNTIL THERE IS A SPOT TO PARK ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD WHERE THE DRIVER’S SIDE OF THE VEHICLE IS AT LEAST FIVE FEET TO THE RIGHT OF THE FOG LINE OR THE PAVEMENT EDGE.
2. Leapfrog Support: Leapfrog support is mandatory during daytime hours in California, part of Arizona, and in Colorado; please read and know the rules regarding mandatory leapfrog and direct-follow support.
3. Roof-Mounted Amber Flashing Lights: Roof-mounted amber flashing lights are to be used on support vehicles both night and day. It is the responsibility of the crews to ensure amber-flashing lights are working and visible only from the rear for a distance of 500 feet. Losing a light, dead batteries, or having an open tailgate are not acceptable reasons for non-visible amber flashing lights at any time.
4. Bicycle-Mounted Headlights and Taillights: Bicycle-mounted white headlights and red taillights must be turned on and visible from 500 feet any time a racer is on the road.
5. Use of RAAM Issued Signage: RAAM issued numbers, windshield banner, and “Caution Bicycles Ahead” signage must be affixed to all vehicles as specified in the “Gear Book” and in the “Rules.”
6. Traffic Laws: All traffic laws must be followed and a penalty will be issued when infractions are observed by a Race Official even if a citation is issued by a law enforcement officer. These laws include, but are not limited to, impeding traffic by a racer and/or crew and running a stop sign or stop light by a racer and/or crew.
There will be Officials at the check-in area. They will be there to answer any questions that you may have about vehicle, bicycle set-ups or any Rules questions that you may have.
Please remember that the role of RAAM Officials is to help ensure the safety of all of the participants, maintain a level playing field for all racers, and to maintain the integrity of the Race in the communities we pass through each year.